Muppets Coming to Stage?
In recent years, Disney Theatrical Productions has been exploring many different options for future shows. Some of these have actually made it to the stage (Aladdin) and others are still in various stages of the production process (Dumbo, Father of the Bride). A new idea that has recently come to light, through Variety, indicates that The Muppets could be on the horizon for a Disney Theatrical Production.
Test of a Concept
According to Variety, there was a recent stage test to see the viability of bringing The Muppets to Broadway. A 15 minute showcase was “a test of concept,” said Thomas Schumacher, producer and prexy of Disney Theatrical Productions. It was to see if the staging demands, sight-lines for audience members, puppetry needs, and other physical requirements needed to pull off this type of a show.
The short production was directed by Alex Timbers who came up with the concept for a Muppet stage show while collaborating with Schumacher on Peter and the Starcatcher. The test production took place at the New Amsterdam in New York City, which is currently dark while awaiting the spring 2004 opening of Aladdin. The Muppets themselves were able to participate after finishing filming on Muppets Most Wanted.
Outcome of the Test
Currently, beyond this test it is unknown if a show based around The Muppets will ever make its way through all the hurdles of production and onto the stage. However, Schumacher is quoted as saying that he is “intrigued.” Also, The Muppets of conquered television, movies, the internet, comic books, so maybe it is time for them to hit the stage beyond what they did in Muppets Take Manhattan.
What do you think? Would you like to see The Muppets take Broadway by storm? Would you be interested in going and see this type of a show? What would you like the show to be?